Monday, 11 January 2010

Encounter With God

It is in an encounter with God that we know Him deeper, that we encounter the supernatural and we experience transformation.

Jeremiah 29:12-14
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive”.

The essence for this note is to encourage you to desire to encounter God and know him deeper.

When anybody encounters God, he will understand and experience the goodness and mercies of God, fear will vanish and sickness can’t have a place in his body. He will walk in favour; he will succeed where other people are failing.

It is God’s desire to reveal himself to us. He wants to demonstrate his greatness, his wonder, his majesty, his goodness and his power in you and through you. And that can happen when we truly encounter Him.

When a man truly encounters God, he becomes more aware of his presence like never before, the fear of God will come upon him and there will be genuine conversion. He will start to live a selfless life.

We can have an experience of God in many ways; through a miracle, through healing, through an atmosphere of worship e.t.c. But he wants us to encounter him and walk with him and not only experience his acts.

We can encounter God through our spirit. The believer must learn to walk in the spirit; it is in this kind of walk that we encounter God. The born again believer’s spirit is regenerated and brought into a level where he can encounter God. And it is through spiritual encounter that lives are changed.

We need to desire to encounter God more. If you look at Moses you will see that the experience of the acts of God did not satisfy him. The burning bush did not satisfy him, the demonstration of God’s might through plagues in Egypt and how God brought Israel out of captivity did not, Moses wanted more, he wanted to see God face to face and when God showed His glory to Moses and proclaimed the goodness of God, something about him changed. When we truly encounter God, believe me, something about us will change. One encounter changes lives, one encounter can take you to a higher level.

A lot of us have experienced the wonders of God, miracles, breakthroughs. In worship we may have experiences the warmth of God but there is more to experience.
My desire is that you will walk with God, encounter God and know him deeper and deeper. If you are born again, you are brought to that place where you can experience and know God. Through the born again experience, your spirit was regenerate, quickened and united with God. Through your spirit you connect with God. Flesh and blood cannot encounter God. We experience God through our Spirit.
The spirit

1. The spirit is the life giving part of man
James. 2: 26
“26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.

2. The spirit is the connecting link between God and man.
Job 32: 8
“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding”.

Romans 8: 16
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”

3. When the spirit is weak, it affects the other parts of man i.e., the soul and the body. And when the spirit leaves the body, the body dies.
James 2: 26
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.

God’s original purpose is that the spirit should lead man, and not the soul, nor the body. Without the function of the spirit everything is dead. When a believer is not walking in the Spirit, when his spirit is not empowered, when he is not guided by the spirit or motivated by the spirit, everything is dead. The material man must now subject to the spirit man.

When the spirit in man connects with God, it receives illumination and understanding. When your spirit is weak and not in tune with God, you do not connect with God. The spirit is what connects you with the divine. The spirit is what connects us to the Spirit of God. When you are not in tune with God, you walk in the flesh.

The flesh operates in two realms:
1. The realm of the soul - soul ministers through the voice of reason
2. The realm of the body - body ministers through the voice of feeling

The spirit ministers supernaturally, it takes from the realm of the divine and it shows it to us. The way of the spirit may go against the voice of reason and feeling. The body may not feel like it, the senses may not feel like it, but it does not matter because in the spirit, you are walking in the divine, the supernatural and the extra-ordinary. When we walk that way, we start to see us with the Spirit of God showing forth our sonship, and manifesting the power of God. God is seeking to demonstrate His power, his majesty and His wisdom through us. Even the creatures can’t wait for our manifestation.

When you are walking in the Spirit, you are able to bring the flesh and all its desires to subjection.

Galatians 5: 16
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”
Galatians 5: 25
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”

Only the spirit of man can hear God but it is the soul via the mind that interprets what God is saying, and it communicates it to the body.

If the mind is not renewed, it cannot rightly interpret what God is saying.
Romans 12: 2
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”

The believer needs to pay more attention to his spirit and seek to nurture and develop it more than he does the other parts. Don’t just feed the body and develop your mind, seek to nurture the spirit also. Just as the physical man feeds on bread to survive, the spirit man needs to feed to be nurtured too. Many believers pay little attention to their spirit or do not even know that they need to something with it.

When we don’t develop our spirit, we understand little of spiritual things, we hardly can hear God or understand him when he speaks – little wonder, very few believers today really understand the voice of God. They are basically followers of men and can easily fall preys of lying spirits.

You hear a lot of my pastor said, my pastor said, and my pastor said among believers, and that is all they are holding unto and walking with. So what happens when the pastor gets it wrong and is misinterpreting the Bible? I understand, pastors are put in the church to feed the body and church folks should trust them to get it right, should believe in what they are teaching and submit to their authority. But we must understand that the pastor’s primary mandate is to help the believer to grow, mature and to understand God for himself and be able to receive from God for himself. Every believer owes to himself the need to cultivate and develop his spirit.

We must develop the spirit man to connect with the divine and to develop the spirit, we will need to feed it. When we do not feed the spirit, it becomes lean and weak. When the spirit is lean, an interruption occurs in its flow with God. In this state, the flesh gains more control and begin to lead man instead of the spirit as God intended. When the believer is in the flesh he cannot connect with God, because God is a spirit. The believer who is in the flesh cannot also walk by faith or in the supernatural.

The spirit is strengthened when it dwells in the place of prayer, when it feeds on the word, when it celebrates in praise and worship, and when in fellowship with the brethren.

The prayer that feeds the spirit is that one that communes with God and not the bless me, deliver me, help me type of prayer. And it is not the quick ten or fifteen minutes’ type. The minimum time will be an hour as we saw in the experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The believer needs to learn to wait in the presence of God.

Also the study of the word that feeds the spirit is not reading the bible to memorise it, it is good to memorise the bible, that way you store the word in your mental faculty and are able to retrieve it when needed. Memorising the scripture is also good as it also helps to renew your mind. However, to feed the spirit man, you will need to learn to meditate on the word. Meditation is the process through which you deliver the word into your spirit. And you know that your spirit is fed when the light of the word starts to shine, when you’ve broken through the letters and have received the rhema, revelation knowledge – when God breathe the word in your spirit.

Every word that you have received will sometimes get attacked. Situations will arise to attack your knowledge of the word and if all you did was feed the mind through memorisation, you are going to start to doubt and walk in unbelief but if you have fed your spirit through meditation in the word and have received revelation knowledge, you are going to hang in there no matter what.

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